By Rune Gjerulff @runegjerulff
Bayern Munich have confirmed that Julian Nagelsmann has been relieved of his duties as head coach. Thomas Tuchel has been hired as his replacement.
|Julian Nagelsmann.||Photo: GEPA Pictures/PICTURE POINT/Sven Sonntag/Pool via PICTURE POINT|
Rumors began to circulate on Thursday evening that Julian Nagelsmann would lose his job as head coach of Bayern Munich and that Thomas Tuchel would be hired in his place.
Both Nagelsmann’s dismissal and Tuchel’s appointment have now been made official by Bayern Munich, who have released a statement on the matter today.
Tuchel has signed a contract until the summer of 2025 with the German champions.
“When we signed Julian Nagelsmann for FC Bayern in the summer of 2021, we were convinced we would work with him on a long-term basis – and that was the goal of all of us right up to the end. Julian shares our aspiration to play successful and attractive football,” said Bayern CEO Oliver Kahn.
“But now we have come to the conclusion that the quality in our squad – despite the Bundesliga title last year – has come to the fore less and less often. After the World Cup we have played less successfully and less attractively. The big fluctuations in performance have cast doubt on our goals for this season, but also our goals for the future. That is why we have acted now. Personally and on behalf of FC Bayern, I would like to thank Julian and his coaching team, and wish everyone the best of luck for the future.”
Bayern board member for sport Hasan Salihamidzic added:
“This has been the most difficult decision in my time as board member for sport at Bayern Munich. I have had an open, trusting, friendly relationship with Julian from day one.
“I regret the parting of the ways with Julian. But after a thorough analysis of the sporting development of our team, especially since January and with the experience of the second half of the previous season, we have now decided to release him. I am very grateful to Julian for what he has done for FC Bayern and I wish him all the best.”
Nagelsmann joined Bayern from Hoffenheim in 2021, penning a five-year contract with the Bavarians.
During his time at the Allianz Arena, he led the Bavarians to the Bundesliga title and two DFL Super Cup wins.
Tuchel managed Mainz and Borussia Dortmund in the Bundesliga before moving to Paris Saint-Germain in 2018.
In January 2021, he joined Chelsea, who relieved him of his managerial duties in September 2022.